Garland-Cone-Christmas-TreesBuilding a beautiful holiday decorating stash usually takes years and can cost a lot of money. For over 15 years we’ve had the same gold and red holiday color scheme, but decided to change it up last year. So, we’ve been slowly transitioning to a blue, white, and red scheme.

Since we’re transitioning to a new holiday color scheme, I needed an easy way to add some new holiday decorations without breaking the bank. So I asked my youngest daughter, who is also my crafting buddy, to come up with an easy and inexpensive ways to help decorate the house with our new color scheme. After searching the web and Pinterest, she found the perfect craft – Easy Cone Garland Trees. These garland cone trees can be done for around $7 for all three trees!


  • poster board or thin cardboard
  • garland(s) – Dollar Store
  • pencil or pen
  • ribbon or rope
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • paint (optional)
  • bead garland (optional)
  • mini ornaments (optional)

Note: Large 22″ cone = 3 fluffy 9ft. garlands, Medium 14″ cone = 1 fluffy 9ft. garland, Small 12″ cone = 2 thin decorative garlands


Before you get started, you’ll need to make some cones. I found this terrific Youtube video that shows you how to easily make cones out of post board.

Wasn’t that a great video? I followed the directions and was able to make two cones (large & small) from one poster board at a cost of 5o cents! I made a third medium size cone using another poster board, bringing the total cost to a $1 for all three cones. No more buying styrofoam cones from the craft store 🙂

Having a helper here is a plus. I had my daughter squirt the hot glue, while I shaped the cone forms. Tree-Cones

Since our garland came from the Dollar Store and wasn’t super full, I opted to paint our cones in the main color of the garland color. You don’t have to paint the cones, but this is way any parts that peeked through wouldn’t be so obvious and I wouldn’t have to glue the garland close together. If you choose to color your cones, you can pick up paint for 50 cents a bottle at Walmart or Michael’s Craft stores.

Do you see my little helper? She’s a smart cookie and chose the white candy garland and didn’t need to paint her cone.


Next comes the fun part…decorating! All you need to do is start gluing the garland onto the cone. Using small dabs of glue, I started from the bottom and worked my way up. How easy is that?!

Once all the garland is glued down, you can opt to embellish the trees with mini ornaments, beaded garlands, or anything else you like.

Garland-Cone-TreesNot bad for $7! We now have three beautiful garland cone trees that match our new holiday color scheme 🙂 And the best part… I got to spend time doing a fun and easy craft with my little one! In fact, she loved this so much that she’s doing another one for her room.


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  1. What a creative and inexpensive way to change up the Christmas decor even if you are not changing the color scheme. Thank you for linking up with us on the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party. We hope you will join us again next week.

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  2. I love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you!
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  3. I love those! I like that you can make them different sizes for displaying together which will create more impact! Bonus that you were able to spend time with your little one too!
    Yes, it does take years to accumulate Christmas decorations and anything else in the house too!! Several years ago, I decided to do a Blue Christmas. I hit all the Dollar stores up, especially Big Lots! I think I will do the Blue Christmas again this year!
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  4. What a great tip to use poster board instead of the styrofoam trees. I have been thinking about making some trees after seeing a whimsical forest decoration idea. These trees look fun with the new blue!

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